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"Industry" is the motto of the Beehive State, and it's easy to see why Utah is "Still the Right Place" for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment opportunities and socioeconomic advancement through Employment First.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Utah’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,995,919
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.8%
Change from
2014 to 2015
155,508
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.55%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,185
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.29%

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,900,872 2,942,902 2,995,919
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 146,584 148,038 155,508
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 62,244 65,100 71,185
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,190,851 1,219,488 1,254,297
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.46% 43.98% 45.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.58% 77.44% 78.29%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 3.80% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.10% 17.90% 15.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.20% 11.10% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 138,296 142,420 147,528
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 135,855 137,116 145,904
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 249,512 253,757 264,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,903 3,727 2,008
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 23,277 25,147 27,790
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,142 4,222 4,389
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,408 3,829 3,901
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,497 968 2,033
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,018 7,200 8,182
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 6,671 5,833 8,562

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,325 2,450 2,583
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.10% 8.50% 8.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 47,616 47,947 47,923

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,774 5,421 5,723
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 9,091 8,788 9,233
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 28,625 27,034 27,335
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.20% 20.10% 20.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.30% 0.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 11.70% 13.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A 1
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 27 45 41
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 36 48 46
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 690 2,102 2,471

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,669 20,275 16,922
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07 0.08 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10,941 1,080 2
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 4,722 327 797
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 43.00% 30.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 165.38 11.27 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,311
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 163 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,263 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,527 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,019 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 16 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,370 3,447
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 69,615 70,507
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 66 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 162 147 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,720,000 $4,931,000 $4,963,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $26,622,000 $28,710,000 $30,853,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 23.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,416 2,523 2,585
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 24.80 24.40 23.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.35% 56.81% 58.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.48% 13.57% 12.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.79% 2.59% 2.58%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.72% 98.12% 99.75%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 27.60% 24.50% 20.82%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 66.30% 67.67% 65.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 81.01% 81.83% 79.72%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 38.70% 43.16% 44.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 694,868
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 936
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 2,404
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 183,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 185,496
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 20
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 157
AbilityOne wages (products). $17,389
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,417,562

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 14 11 6
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 19 9
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 16 8
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,626 719
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 243 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,885 727

 


Section 53A-24-106.5 Utah Code - Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 10/01/2016

Pertaining to the State System of Public Education. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Service Relocation Bill - 03/25/2016

The bill moves Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the State Board of Education to the Department of Workforce Services; modifies provisions related to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, including that the governor appoint certain members of the committee.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HB 325 Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments - 03/25/2016

“This bill modifies the State Office of Rehabilitation Act and related provisions.”   “Section 16. Section 35A-13-203, which is renumbered from Section 53A-24-106.5 is  renumbered and amended to read:   564 35A-13-203. Employment first emphasis on the provision of  services. 566  (1) When providing services to [a person] an individual with a disability under this  chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the [person] individual in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UT Code 35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 05/12/2015

“The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in Subsection (2) that includes:          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a recipient;         (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;         (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding employment:                   (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and                  (ii) self-employment;         (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;         (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;         (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources ;”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Utah SB 292 (ABLE Act) - 03/31/2015

"This bill enacts the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program [ABLE] Act and provides tax credits for contributions to accounts created under the program."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Utah House of Representatives Bill (H.B 240) - 05/10/2011

“This bill: requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment; and requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to: develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding paragraph; and annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill, determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify the plan as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah 2011 Supported Work Independence (HB 45) - 05/05/2008

“This bill makes the pilot program for provision of supported employment services, contained in the Services to People With Disabilities Chapter of the Utah Human Services Code, into an ongoing program. The program is designed to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated settings by providing extended services.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Section 105.2 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the recipient's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Section 103.3 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Services for People with Disabilities. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; purchase goods and services; [and] exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Governor, Administration: Rescinding Prior Executive Orders, Utah Exec. Order No. 2016-1 - 01/29/2016

“Executive Order issued March 28, 1978, by Governor Matheson, establishing the "Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped" created to promote and to encourage employment of disabled individualist and vocational, economic, and social opportunities. This order is rescinded because Utah's 2012 Employment First statute, Utah Code 62A-5-103.3, fulfills the same purpose”


Utah Executive Order (Model Employer for People with Disabilities) - 10/12/2007

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., declares that, “Utah state government will strive to become the model employer of qualified people with disabilities…”

“Some programmatic components [of the executive order] include, a promotional outreach campaign to recruit qualified people with disabilities, specific programs within executive branch state agencies to recruit qualified people with disabilities, and a Task Force consisting of representatives of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, The Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Division of Risk Management… [Agencies are] charged with reviewing and proposing additional strategies to put Utah state government on the cutting edge of employing qualified people with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services to Students with Disabilities Policy - 01/05/2017

“Transition services shall be provided to eligible Students and Youth with disabilities to facilitate the transition from educational settings in high school to VR services oriented toward an employment outcome consistent with the student/youth’s primary employment factors. Individuals meeting the definition of Student with a Disability, both eligible and potentially eligible for VR services, may access Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Services for eligible Students and Youth are governed under standard IPE’s as outlined below. Pre-ETS for Students Potentially Eligible are governed under sections 25.7 and 25.8.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Client Service Memorandum 2016-11: Transition and Pre-employment Transition Services - 11/07/2016

“The purpose of this Client Service Memo is to establish the definitions and procedures for working with Students with Disabilities, Youth with Disabilities, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and Transition Services”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Transition Plan for the Move of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services - 09/21/2016

“The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) will transition to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) effective October 1, 2016….With the transition, USOR services will be overseen by DWS, which has similar goals in helping individuals of all circumstances overcome barriers. DWS manages several divisions with distinct purposes that support specialized services for individuals and families. In addition to supporting gainful employment and providing eligibility services, DWS helps parents with childcare needs, provides funding for low-income housing, assists refugees resettling in Utah, manages labor market data and offers career counseling for veterans.

As USOR transitions to DWS, it will move over as its own division. DWS recognizes that USOR clients need individual, specialized care and that USOR’s unique service delivery model contributes to its success. Therefore, there is no intent to change it at this time. Throughout the transition and beyond, DWS and USOR will work together to ensure customers and clients on both sides will continue to receive high-quality service.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) - 09/11/2015

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities to state jobs through an on-the-job examination period.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Annual Report (2015) - 11/15/2013

“Supported Employment helps adults with disabilities obtain, maintain, and advance in competitive employment in integrated work settings paying minimum wage or more. These services are provided individually or in groups, with a job coach or co-worker supports. Supported employment is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both the needs of the employer and the needs of the person. It can be arranged on a full or part time basis, during traditional or non-traditional workdays, or work hours and take place in settings where the person has the opportunity to work with co-workers who do not have intellectual disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Individualized Transition Plan - 08/30/2012

“The Individualized Transition Plan (SpEd 6e 06 12) is designed to: 1) Meet the transition requirements in IDEA 2004 and 2) Align with the data collection requirements for SPP Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah’s Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan - 02/15/2006

“[This] document summarizes the strategic planning efforts of the past year focusing on the key aspects that resulted in the Work Ability project goals. The Environmental Analysis reviews the key players identified in the planning process, existing collaborative efforts, and the strengths in the current system. The Summary of the Strategic Planning Process section summarizes the actions taken during 2005 to identify the critical issues facing the project and the efforts taken to further clarify them. A table clearly encapsulates the issues and how they were identified. As a result of the Strategic Planning Process, specific individual and system outcomes have been established and are summarized in the section, the Goals of the Work Ability Project. The Project Evaluation section reviews the efforts that will be taken to measure the number of individuals served by the target programs who obtain and retain competitive employment, as well as measuring the systems change results. The final substantive action focuses on how employment efforts will be sustained.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Supported Employment Definition

“Supported employment allows people with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) to be competitively employed in a setting with others that do not have a disability. Supported Employment programs use job coaches (which are employment specialists) to provide supports, including:

Identifying your skills and interests Help finding a job Making arrangements for job placement Teaching you how to do the job, and Providing assistance while employed.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Service

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program, within the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, provides Transition Services to eligible students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adulthood and employment.

1.Job readiness workshop:

USOR has developed a curriculum for VR Transition Counselors to teach transition-aged youth with disabilities about the world of work. The JRW curriculum was developed over a 2 year period and based on USOR need, local and national research on youth with disabilities and employment, and successful job clubs.

2.Teacher information guide:

This Teacher Information Guide provides an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Job Readiness Workshops. This includes ten individual workshops designed to teach youth with disabilities about self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job keeping. Research shows that youth with disabilities continue to fall behind in these four domains and employment opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we hope to teach youth with disabilities basics skills necessary to become successful in the workplace, as well as the support and services they may be able to access through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Handbook for Parents: Utah Parent Center

"The Utah Parent Center has published several handbooks with comprehensive information on important topics for families of children with disabilities.  Much of this information is also available on topical information sheets as well."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules

Transition services is a set of activities that is “designed to be within a results-oriented process, is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Utah “Employment First Strategic Plan”

“Our Mission: to ensure services offered by DSPD emphasize, promote, and support competitive, integrated and community-based employment for people with disabilities.” The “Strategic Issues” include, stakeholder education, financing and contracting methods, services and service innovation, and performance measurement.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Interagency Cooperative Agreement Between Utah State Offices of Rehabilitation and Education - 01/01/2013

“The purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to fulfill mandates found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The focus is to successfully facilitate the transition of students who are individuals with disabilities in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Education, to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, as deemed eligible and appropriate, under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Employment First Partnership

The Utah Employment First Partnership is a commitment among the Utah Department of Work Force Services (DWS), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) to improve state government services focused on persons with disabilities achieving competitive, integrated and community based employment.

The mission of the partnership is to, “To ensure state government services currently offered by the partners emphasize and support competitive, integrated and community based employment”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Partnerships in Employment - 11/28/2016

“ACL’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) recently awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to six states to increase competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The five-year grants will help enhance collaboration across existing state systems, including programs administered by state developmental disabilities agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state educational agencies, and other entities to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities received a grant for its School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah Supported Employment Transformation Project - 09/01/2014

“The Supported Employment Transformation Project (SETP) uses the Individual Placement and Support evidence-based, supported employment model. A primary component of this project includes forming a multi-agency coordinating committee that will develop and implement a collaborative, sustainable funding initiative to expand and maintain robust, supported employment services in Utah. The project provides supported employment services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Two local mental health authorities across urban and rural communities coordinate these services.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

ASPIRE Utah - 09/01/2013

“ASPIRE is a study for youth ages 14 – 16 who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  When you enroll, you and your family will get information to further education and employment.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will be given added services and supports. The ASPIRE team will assist youth and families to find and use services in their communities.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.

ASPIRE is a six state project, including Utah.  ASPIRE Utah is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.  250 Utah youth will be recruited and enrolled.  125 will participate in Usual Services.  125 will participate in ASPIRE Services.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Utah Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)/ SSDI ‘1 for 2’ Project - 12/18/2009

“The goal of Utah’s pilot was to recruit 500 individuals who receive SSDI benefits only (not in combination with SSI) to be part of the pilot project. Participants were recruited from among SSDI-only beneficiaries who had recently been involved in one of several employment support programs in Utah. Recruitment sources for pilot participants included: The Utah Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) program, the Medicaid Disability program, the public Vocational Rehabilitation program, and selected employment programs administered by two community mental health agencies.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 07/01/2009

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant is funded under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. Work Ability Utah is responsible to conduct research in all areas of health care and employment for people with disabilities; to ensure collaboration among all partners and stakeholders and to facilitate the streamlining of services for individuals with disabilities.

The project assists in implementation of the Utah's Medicaid Buy-In, the Utah Medicaid Work Incentive, for working people with disabilities, the expansion of Employment Personal Assistance Services through the Medicaid State Plan, and training of service workers and outreach to individuals with disabilities to explain the work incentive changes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Self Employment

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons!... Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations… Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Customized Employment Initiative

“The Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities & Griffin-Hammis Associates is sponsoring a six-session year-long training series resulting in an optional National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The project is working closely with both Covenant Employment Services and Rise, Inc.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Disability Program Navigator

“ETA and SSA are jointly funding the DPN Initiative in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Ticket to Work

“Ticket to Work is for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work offers customers greater choices in getting the services they need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries earn enough money so they will not need Social Security cash benefits.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

TURN Supported Work

TURN Supported Employment helps individuals find jobs that match their capabilities and their goals, learn skills necessary to make them valuable and responsible employees, and form meaningful and supportive networks of coworkers and employers. TURN also administers work crews and enclaves that perform janitorial, kitchen, and assembly work at customer worksites. TURN teams with Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Services to serve eligible participants in each of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Medicaid Work Incentives Grant (MWI)

“The Medicaid Work Incentive was designed for working people with disabilities who do not qualify for a "’free’" Medicaid services because their income and/or assets are too high. The MWI allows a higher income and asset limit and gives you the option to pay a premium for a Medicaid services…The purpose of this Program is to encourage people with disabilities to return to work or make more money.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Customized Employment - 12/09/2014

“Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Moving in a New Direction - 12/07/2014

An Executive Director of a facility based day program and sheltered workshop in Utah discusses how the Lane v. Kitzhabersettlement, Olmstead, and CMS directives will impact his organization. The Executive Director says that the work his organization has done is "group work and is performed in a segregated environment…(and) does not reflect the individual desires and interactions with non-disabled peers outside of our centers that the law is not requiring. Customized Employment is stated as the new goal although it is recognized that "some individuals may not ever find successful employment in an integrated setting...but...the opportunity to at least try can and should be considered successful."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Employment/Daytime Activities

This website describes various options for students with disabilities transitioning out of school and provides links to numerous relevant resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

After High School Options

This website serves as a post-high school transition guide for students with disabilities and their families.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State University Employment Specialist Training

This web page run by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) contains an up to date schedule of upcoming employment specialist trainings in Utah.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Plan for the Future! Employment and Education

This presentation provides an overview of Employment for people with disabilities, supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and Centers for Disability services at Utah colleges.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Employment First in Utah & Customized Employment: "One Person at a Time."

A PowerPoint on Utah's Employment First Efforts focusing on Strategic Planning (Employment First Taskforce) and Capacity Building (Customized Employment Training). It contains an explanation of Utah's Employment First Priority (House Bill 240), stating the fundamental importance of work as a part of personal identity and being a citizen of the United States; the false premise of the reasons frequently given as to way people with disabilities can't/shouldn't work. It also has a brief overview of Customized Employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Papa John’s Pizza To Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - 01/26/2017

“The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC announced today.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, Down syndrome. EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.”

Systems
  • Other

UT Community Supports Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help persons with intellectual disabilities or persons with conditions related to intellectual disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings.  Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program.

Services include “Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah HCBS Transition Planning

This website will provide access to the latest updates on the HCBS Transition Plan for the State of Utah as well as provide a means to sign-up for list-servs, and provide feedback on the Transition Plan, and its associated tools and publications. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid State Plan

Utah's Medicaid State Plan is a written agreement between the state and the federal government.  It describes the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The state plan also outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Utah Waiver for Technology Dependent Children

“The Technology Dependent Waiver Program provides services statewide to help technology dependent, medically fragile individuals remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals receive services through this waiver program in order to prevent institutionalization and relieve primary caregivers from continuous care. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant/family self-determination. There is a limit on the number of individuals allowed into the waiver program and there is currently a waiting list for this program. Applications are taken through the Division of Family Health Services case manager.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver

“This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with physical disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant self-determination.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah New Choices Waiver

“Utah's New Choices Waiver is a Medicaid program intended to help individuals who currently reside in a Medicaid funded assisted living community or nursing home. The program provides a variety of care services and supports which help them to move from their current community back into their homes or into the homes of family members and caregivers. Supports such as chore services, home access modifications, home delivered meals and transportation are covered and care services like adult day care and attendant care are provided.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver

“Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6). Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

“This is a Utah Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver that is designed to assist older individuals with high levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care. For example, support is provided to for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems and adult day care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Acquired Brain Injury Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with an acquired brain injury to remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah 1915(c) HCBS Waivers

Utah Has Eight Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS Waivers: Acquired Brain Injury Waiver; the Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older); Community Supports Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Other Related Conditions; Medicaid Autism Waiver; New Choices Waiver; Physical Disabilities Waiver; and the Waiver for Technology Dependent Children.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Large Tablet

Snapshot

"Industry" is the motto of the Beehive State, and it's easy to see why Utah is "Still the Right Place" for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment opportunities and socioeconomic advancement through Employment First.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Utah’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,995,919
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.8%
Change from
2014 to 2015
155,508
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.55%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,185
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.29%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,900,872 2,942,902 2,995,919
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 146,584 148,038 155,508
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 62,244 65,100 71,185
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,190,851 1,219,488 1,254,297
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.46% 43.98% 45.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.58% 77.44% 78.29%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 3.80% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.10% 17.90% 15.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.20% 11.10% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 138,296 142,420 147,528
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 135,855 137,116 145,904
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 249,512 253,757 264,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,903 3,727 2,008
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 23,277 25,147 27,790
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,142 4,222 4,389
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,408 3,829 3,901
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,497 968 2,033
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,018 7,200 8,182
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 6,671 5,833 8,562

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,325 2,450 2,583
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.10% 8.50% 8.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 47,616 47,947 47,923

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,774 5,421 5,723
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 9,091 8,788 9,233
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 28,625 27,034 27,335
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.20% 20.10% 20.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.30% 0.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 11.70% 13.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A 1
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 27 45 41
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 36 48 46
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 690 2,102 2,471

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,669 20,275 16,922
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07 0.08 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10,941 1,080 2
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 4,722 327 797
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 43.00% 30.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 165.38 11.27 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,311
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 163 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,263 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,527 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,019 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 16 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,370 3,447
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 69,615 70,507
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 66 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 162 147 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,720,000 $4,931,000 $4,963,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $26,622,000 $28,710,000 $30,853,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 23.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,416 2,523 2,585
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 24.80 24.40 23.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.35% 56.81% 58.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.48% 13.57% 12.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.79% 2.59% 2.58%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.72% 98.12% 99.75%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 27.60% 24.50% 20.82%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 66.30% 67.67% 65.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 81.01% 81.83% 79.72%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 38.70% 43.16% 44.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 694,868
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 936
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 2,404
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 183,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 185,496
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 20
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 157
AbilityOne wages (products). $17,389
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,417,562

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 14 11 6
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 19 9
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 16 8
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,626 719
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 243 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,885 727

 

Legislation


Section 53A-24-106.5 Utah Code - Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 10/01/2016

Pertaining to the State System of Public Education. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Service Relocation Bill - 03/25/2016

The bill moves Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the State Board of Education to the Department of Workforce Services; modifies provisions related to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, including that the governor appoint certain members of the committee.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HB 325 Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments - 03/25/2016

“This bill modifies the State Office of Rehabilitation Act and related provisions.”   “Section 16. Section 35A-13-203, which is renumbered from Section 53A-24-106.5 is  renumbered and amended to read:   564 35A-13-203. Employment first emphasis on the provision of  services. 566  (1) When providing services to [a person] an individual with a disability under this  chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the [person] individual in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UT Code 35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 05/12/2015

“The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in Subsection (2) that includes:          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a recipient;         (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;         (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding employment:                   (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and                  (ii) self-employment;         (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;         (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;         (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources ;”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Utah SB 292 (ABLE Act) - 03/31/2015

"This bill enacts the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program [ABLE] Act and provides tax credits for contributions to accounts created under the program."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Utah House of Representatives Bill (H.B 240) - 05/10/2011

“This bill: requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment; and requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to: develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding paragraph; and annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill, determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify the plan as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah 2011 Supported Work Independence (HB 45) - 05/05/2008

“This bill makes the pilot program for provision of supported employment services, contained in the Services to People With Disabilities Chapter of the Utah Human Services Code, into an ongoing program. The program is designed to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated settings by providing extended services.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Section 105.2 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the recipient's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Section 103.3 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Services for People with Disabilities. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; purchase goods and services; [and] exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders


Governor, Administration: Rescinding Prior Executive Orders, Utah Exec. Order No. 2016-1 - 01/29/2016

“Executive Order issued March 28, 1978, by Governor Matheson, establishing the "Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped" created to promote and to encourage employment of disabled individualist and vocational, economic, and social opportunities. This order is rescinded because Utah's 2012 Employment First statute, Utah Code 62A-5-103.3, fulfills the same purpose”


Utah Executive Order (Model Employer for People with Disabilities) - 10/12/2007

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., declares that, “Utah state government will strive to become the model employer of qualified people with disabilities…”

“Some programmatic components [of the executive order] include, a promotional outreach campaign to recruit qualified people with disabilities, specific programs within executive branch state agencies to recruit qualified people with disabilities, and a Task Force consisting of representatives of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, The Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Division of Risk Management… [Agencies are] charged with reviewing and proposing additional strategies to put Utah state government on the cutting edge of employing qualified people with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services to Students with Disabilities Policy - 01/05/2017

“Transition services shall be provided to eligible Students and Youth with disabilities to facilitate the transition from educational settings in high school to VR services oriented toward an employment outcome consistent with the student/youth’s primary employment factors. Individuals meeting the definition of Student with a Disability, both eligible and potentially eligible for VR services, may access Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Services for eligible Students and Youth are governed under standard IPE’s as outlined below. Pre-ETS for Students Potentially Eligible are governed under sections 25.7 and 25.8.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Client Service Memorandum 2016-11: Transition and Pre-employment Transition Services - 11/07/2016

“The purpose of this Client Service Memo is to establish the definitions and procedures for working with Students with Disabilities, Youth with Disabilities, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and Transition Services”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Transition Plan for the Move of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services - 09/21/2016

“The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) will transition to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) effective October 1, 2016….With the transition, USOR services will be overseen by DWS, which has similar goals in helping individuals of all circumstances overcome barriers. DWS manages several divisions with distinct purposes that support specialized services for individuals and families. In addition to supporting gainful employment and providing eligibility services, DWS helps parents with childcare needs, provides funding for low-income housing, assists refugees resettling in Utah, manages labor market data and offers career counseling for veterans.

As USOR transitions to DWS, it will move over as its own division. DWS recognizes that USOR clients need individual, specialized care and that USOR’s unique service delivery model contributes to its success. Therefore, there is no intent to change it at this time. Throughout the transition and beyond, DWS and USOR will work together to ensure customers and clients on both sides will continue to receive high-quality service.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) - 09/11/2015

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities to state jobs through an on-the-job examination period.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Annual Report (2015) - 11/15/2013

“Supported Employment helps adults with disabilities obtain, maintain, and advance in competitive employment in integrated work settings paying minimum wage or more. These services are provided individually or in groups, with a job coach or co-worker supports. Supported employment is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both the needs of the employer and the needs of the person. It can be arranged on a full or part time basis, during traditional or non-traditional workdays, or work hours and take place in settings where the person has the opportunity to work with co-workers who do not have intellectual disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Individualized Transition Plan - 08/30/2012

“The Individualized Transition Plan (SpEd 6e 06 12) is designed to: 1) Meet the transition requirements in IDEA 2004 and 2) Align with the data collection requirements for SPP Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah’s Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan - 02/15/2006

“[This] document summarizes the strategic planning efforts of the past year focusing on the key aspects that resulted in the Work Ability project goals. The Environmental Analysis reviews the key players identified in the planning process, existing collaborative efforts, and the strengths in the current system. The Summary of the Strategic Planning Process section summarizes the actions taken during 2005 to identify the critical issues facing the project and the efforts taken to further clarify them. A table clearly encapsulates the issues and how they were identified. As a result of the Strategic Planning Process, specific individual and system outcomes have been established and are summarized in the section, the Goals of the Work Ability Project. The Project Evaluation section reviews the efforts that will be taken to measure the number of individuals served by the target programs who obtain and retain competitive employment, as well as measuring the systems change results. The final substantive action focuses on how employment efforts will be sustained.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Supported Employment Definition

“Supported employment allows people with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) to be competitively employed in a setting with others that do not have a disability. Supported Employment programs use job coaches (which are employment specialists) to provide supports, including:

Identifying your skills and interests Help finding a job Making arrangements for job placement Teaching you how to do the job, and Providing assistance while employed.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Service

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program, within the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, provides Transition Services to eligible students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adulthood and employment.

1.Job readiness workshop:

USOR has developed a curriculum for VR Transition Counselors to teach transition-aged youth with disabilities about the world of work. The JRW curriculum was developed over a 2 year period and based on USOR need, local and national research on youth with disabilities and employment, and successful job clubs.

2.Teacher information guide:

This Teacher Information Guide provides an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Job Readiness Workshops. This includes ten individual workshops designed to teach youth with disabilities about self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job keeping. Research shows that youth with disabilities continue to fall behind in these four domains and employment opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we hope to teach youth with disabilities basics skills necessary to become successful in the workplace, as well as the support and services they may be able to access through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Handbook for Parents: Utah Parent Center

"The Utah Parent Center has published several handbooks with comprehensive information on important topics for families of children with disabilities.  Much of this information is also available on topical information sheets as well."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules

Transition services is a set of activities that is “designed to be within a results-oriented process, is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Utah “Employment First Strategic Plan”

“Our Mission: to ensure services offered by DSPD emphasize, promote, and support competitive, integrated and community-based employment for people with disabilities.” The “Strategic Issues” include, stakeholder education, financing and contracting methods, services and service innovation, and performance measurement.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Interagency Cooperative Agreement Between Utah State Offices of Rehabilitation and Education - 01/01/2013

“The purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to fulfill mandates found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The focus is to successfully facilitate the transition of students who are individuals with disabilities in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Education, to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, as deemed eligible and appropriate, under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Employment First Partnership

The Utah Employment First Partnership is a commitment among the Utah Department of Work Force Services (DWS), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) to improve state government services focused on persons with disabilities achieving competitive, integrated and community based employment.

The mission of the partnership is to, “To ensure state government services currently offered by the partners emphasize and support competitive, integrated and community based employment”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Utah Partnerships in Employment - 11/28/2016

“ACL’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) recently awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to six states to increase competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The five-year grants will help enhance collaboration across existing state systems, including programs administered by state developmental disabilities agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state educational agencies, and other entities to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities received a grant for its School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah Supported Employment Transformation Project - 09/01/2014

“The Supported Employment Transformation Project (SETP) uses the Individual Placement and Support evidence-based, supported employment model. A primary component of this project includes forming a multi-agency coordinating committee that will develop and implement a collaborative, sustainable funding initiative to expand and maintain robust, supported employment services in Utah. The project provides supported employment services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Two local mental health authorities across urban and rural communities coordinate these services.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

ASPIRE Utah - 09/01/2013

“ASPIRE is a study for youth ages 14 – 16 who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  When you enroll, you and your family will get information to further education and employment.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will be given added services and supports. The ASPIRE team will assist youth and families to find and use services in their communities.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.

ASPIRE is a six state project, including Utah.  ASPIRE Utah is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.  250 Utah youth will be recruited and enrolled.  125 will participate in Usual Services.  125 will participate in ASPIRE Services.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Utah Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)/ SSDI ‘1 for 2’ Project - 12/18/2009

“The goal of Utah’s pilot was to recruit 500 individuals who receive SSDI benefits only (not in combination with SSI) to be part of the pilot project. Participants were recruited from among SSDI-only beneficiaries who had recently been involved in one of several employment support programs in Utah. Recruitment sources for pilot participants included: The Utah Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) program, the Medicaid Disability program, the public Vocational Rehabilitation program, and selected employment programs administered by two community mental health agencies.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 07/01/2009

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant is funded under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. Work Ability Utah is responsible to conduct research in all areas of health care and employment for people with disabilities; to ensure collaboration among all partners and stakeholders and to facilitate the streamlining of services for individuals with disabilities.

The project assists in implementation of the Utah's Medicaid Buy-In, the Utah Medicaid Work Incentive, for working people with disabilities, the expansion of Employment Personal Assistance Services through the Medicaid State Plan, and training of service workers and outreach to individuals with disabilities to explain the work incentive changes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Self Employment

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons!... Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations… Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Customized Employment Initiative

“The Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities & Griffin-Hammis Associates is sponsoring a six-session year-long training series resulting in an optional National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The project is working closely with both Covenant Employment Services and Rise, Inc.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Disability Program Navigator

“ETA and SSA are jointly funding the DPN Initiative in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Ticket to Work

“Ticket to Work is for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work offers customers greater choices in getting the services they need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries earn enough money so they will not need Social Security cash benefits.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

TURN Supported Work

TURN Supported Employment helps individuals find jobs that match their capabilities and their goals, learn skills necessary to make them valuable and responsible employees, and form meaningful and supportive networks of coworkers and employers. TURN also administers work crews and enclaves that perform janitorial, kitchen, and assembly work at customer worksites. TURN teams with Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Services to serve eligible participants in each of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Medicaid Work Incentives Grant (MWI)

“The Medicaid Work Incentive was designed for working people with disabilities who do not qualify for a "’free’" Medicaid services because their income and/or assets are too high. The MWI allows a higher income and asset limit and gives you the option to pay a premium for a Medicaid services…The purpose of this Program is to encourage people with disabilities to return to work or make more money.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Customized Employment - 12/09/2014

“Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Moving in a New Direction - 12/07/2014

An Executive Director of a facility based day program and sheltered workshop in Utah discusses how the Lane v. Kitzhabersettlement, Olmstead, and CMS directives will impact his organization. The Executive Director says that the work his organization has done is "group work and is performed in a segregated environment…(and) does not reflect the individual desires and interactions with non-disabled peers outside of our centers that the law is not requiring. Customized Employment is stated as the new goal although it is recognized that "some individuals may not ever find successful employment in an integrated setting...but...the opportunity to at least try can and should be considered successful."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Employment/Daytime Activities

This website describes various options for students with disabilities transitioning out of school and provides links to numerous relevant resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

After High School Options

This website serves as a post-high school transition guide for students with disabilities and their families.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State University Employment Specialist Training

This web page run by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) contains an up to date schedule of upcoming employment specialist trainings in Utah.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Plan for the Future! Employment and Education

This presentation provides an overview of Employment for people with disabilities, supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and Centers for Disability services at Utah colleges.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Employment First in Utah & Customized Employment: "One Person at a Time."

A PowerPoint on Utah's Employment First Efforts focusing on Strategic Planning (Employment First Taskforce) and Capacity Building (Customized Employment Training). It contains an explanation of Utah's Employment First Priority (House Bill 240), stating the fundamental importance of work as a part of personal identity and being a citizen of the United States; the false premise of the reasons frequently given as to way people with disabilities can't/shouldn't work. It also has a brief overview of Customized Employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Papa John’s Pizza To Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - 01/26/2017

“The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC announced today.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, Down syndrome. EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


UT Community Supports Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help persons with intellectual disabilities or persons with conditions related to intellectual disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings.  Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program.

Services include “Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah HCBS Transition Planning

This website will provide access to the latest updates on the HCBS Transition Plan for the State of Utah as well as provide a means to sign-up for list-servs, and provide feedback on the Transition Plan, and its associated tools and publications. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid State Plan

Utah's Medicaid State Plan is a written agreement between the state and the federal government.  It describes the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The state plan also outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Utah Waiver for Technology Dependent Children

“The Technology Dependent Waiver Program provides services statewide to help technology dependent, medically fragile individuals remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals receive services through this waiver program in order to prevent institutionalization and relieve primary caregivers from continuous care. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant/family self-determination. There is a limit on the number of individuals allowed into the waiver program and there is currently a waiting list for this program. Applications are taken through the Division of Family Health Services case manager.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver

“This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with physical disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant self-determination.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah New Choices Waiver

“Utah's New Choices Waiver is a Medicaid program intended to help individuals who currently reside in a Medicaid funded assisted living community or nursing home. The program provides a variety of care services and supports which help them to move from their current community back into their homes or into the homes of family members and caregivers. Supports such as chore services, home access modifications, home delivered meals and transportation are covered and care services like adult day care and attendant care are provided.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver

“Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6). Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

“This is a Utah Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver that is designed to assist older individuals with high levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care. For example, support is provided to for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems and adult day care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Acquired Brain Injury Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with an acquired brain injury to remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah 1915(c) HCBS Waivers

Utah Has Eight Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS Waivers: Acquired Brain Injury Waiver; the Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older); Community Supports Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Other Related Conditions; Medicaid Autism Waiver; New Choices Waiver; Physical Disabilities Waiver; and the Waiver for Technology Dependent Children.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Small Tablet

Snapshot

"Industry" is the motto of the Beehive State, and it's easy to see why Utah is "Still the Right Place" for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment opportunities and socioeconomic advancement through Employment First.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Utah’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,995,919
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.8%
Change from
2014 to 2015
155,508
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.55%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,185
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.29%

State Data

General

2013 2014 2015
Population. 2,900,872 2,942,902 2,995,919
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 146,584 148,038 155,508
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 62,244 65,100 71,185
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,190,851 1,219,488 1,254,297
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 42.46% 43.98% 45.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 76.58% 77.44% 78.29%
Overall unemployment rate. 4.70% 3.80% 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 17.10% 17.90% 15.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 12.20% 11.10% 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 138,296 142,420 147,528
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 135,855 137,116 145,904
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 249,512 253,757 264,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,903 3,727 2,008
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 23,277 25,147 27,790
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,142 4,222 4,389
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,408 3,829 3,901
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 1,497 968 2,033
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 6,018 7,200 8,182
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 6,671 5,833 8,562

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,325 2,450 2,583
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.10% 8.50% 8.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 47,616 47,947 47,923

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,774 5,421 5,723
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 9,091 8,788 9,233
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 28,625 27,034 27,335
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.20% 20.10% 20.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). N/A N/A 0.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.10% 0.20% 0.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20% 0.30% 0.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 3.70% 11.70% 13.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. N/A N/A 1
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 27 45 41
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 36 48 46
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 690 2,102 2,471

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 21,669 20,275 16,922
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.07 0.08 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2012 2013 2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 10,941 1,080 2
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 4,722 327 797
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 43.00% 30.00% 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 165.38 11.27 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2013 2014 2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
6,311
N/A
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. 163 N/A N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. 323 N/A N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. 1,263 N/A N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. 1,527 N/A N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. 3,019 N/A N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. 16 N/A N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. 33.80% 32.20% N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. N/A 4,370 3,447
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. N/A 69,615 70,507
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). 66 N/A N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. 162 147 N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,720,000 $4,931,000 $4,963,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0 $0 $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $26,622,000 $28,710,000 $30,853,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 24.00% 23.00% 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,416 2,523 2,585
Number of people served in facility based work. 0 0 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. N/A 0 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 24.80 24.40 23.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2012 2013 2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 56.35% 56.81% 58.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 13.48% 13.57% 12.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.79% 2.59% 2.58%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 87.72% 98.12% 99.75%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 27.60% 24.50% 20.82%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 66.30% 67.67% 65.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 81.01% 81.83% 79.72%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 38.70% 43.16% 44.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 694,868
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 936
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 2,404
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 183,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 185,496
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 20
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 157
AbilityOne wages (products). $17,389
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,417,562

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2014 2015 2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 14 11 6
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0 0 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 16 19 9
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 1 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 31 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. N/A 16 8
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). N/A 0 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). N/A 1,626 719
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. N/A 243 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. N/A 1,885 727

 

Legislation


Section 53A-24-106.5 Utah Code - Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 10/01/2016

Pertaining to the State System of Public Education. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Service Relocation Bill - 03/25/2016

The bill moves Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the State Board of Education to the Department of Workforce Services; modifies provisions related to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, including that the governor appoint certain members of the committee.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HB 325 Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments - 03/25/2016

“This bill modifies the State Office of Rehabilitation Act and related provisions.”   “Section 16. Section 35A-13-203, which is renumbered from Section 53A-24-106.5 is  renumbered and amended to read:   564 35A-13-203. Employment first emphasis on the provision of  services. 566  (1) When providing services to [a person] an individual with a disability under this  chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the [person] individual in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UT Code 35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 05/12/2015

“The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in Subsection (2) that includes:          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a recipient;         (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;         (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding employment:                   (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and                  (ii) self-employment;         (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;         (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;         (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources ;”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Utah SB 292 (ABLE Act) - 03/31/2015

"This bill enacts the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program [ABLE] Act and provides tax credits for contributions to accounts created under the program."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Utah House of Representatives Bill (H.B 240) - 05/10/2011

“This bill: requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment; and requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to: develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding paragraph; and annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill, determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify the plan as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah 2011 Supported Work Independence (HB 45) - 05/05/2008

“This bill makes the pilot program for provision of supported employment services, contained in the Services to People With Disabilities Chapter of the Utah Human Services Code, into an ongoing program. The program is designed to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated settings by providing extended services.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Section 105.2 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the recipient's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Section 103.3 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Services for People with Disabilities. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; purchase goods and services; [and] exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders


Governor, Administration: Rescinding Prior Executive Orders, Utah Exec. Order No. 2016-1 - 01/29/2016

“Executive Order issued March 28, 1978, by Governor Matheson, establishing the "Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped" created to promote and to encourage employment of disabled individualist and vocational, economic, and social opportunities. This order is rescinded because Utah's 2012 Employment First statute, Utah Code 62A-5-103.3, fulfills the same purpose”


Utah Executive Order (Model Employer for People with Disabilities) - 10/12/2007

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., declares that, “Utah state government will strive to become the model employer of qualified people with disabilities…”

“Some programmatic components [of the executive order] include, a promotional outreach campaign to recruit qualified people with disabilities, specific programs within executive branch state agencies to recruit qualified people with disabilities, and a Task Force consisting of representatives of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, The Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Division of Risk Management… [Agencies are] charged with reviewing and proposing additional strategies to put Utah state government on the cutting edge of employing qualified people with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services to Students with Disabilities Policy - 01/05/2017

“Transition services shall be provided to eligible Students and Youth with disabilities to facilitate the transition from educational settings in high school to VR services oriented toward an employment outcome consistent with the student/youth’s primary employment factors. Individuals meeting the definition of Student with a Disability, both eligible and potentially eligible for VR services, may access Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Services for eligible Students and Youth are governed under standard IPE’s as outlined below. Pre-ETS for Students Potentially Eligible are governed under sections 25.7 and 25.8.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Client Service Memorandum 2016-11: Transition and Pre-employment Transition Services - 11/07/2016

“The purpose of this Client Service Memo is to establish the definitions and procedures for working with Students with Disabilities, Youth with Disabilities, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and Transition Services”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Transition Plan for the Move of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services - 09/21/2016

“The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) will transition to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) effective October 1, 2016….With the transition, USOR services will be overseen by DWS, which has similar goals in helping individuals of all circumstances overcome barriers. DWS manages several divisions with distinct purposes that support specialized services for individuals and families. In addition to supporting gainful employment and providing eligibility services, DWS helps parents with childcare needs, provides funding for low-income housing, assists refugees resettling in Utah, manages labor market data and offers career counseling for veterans.

As USOR transitions to DWS, it will move over as its own division. DWS recognizes that USOR clients need individual, specialized care and that USOR’s unique service delivery model contributes to its success. Therefore, there is no intent to change it at this time. Throughout the transition and beyond, DWS and USOR will work together to ensure customers and clients on both sides will continue to receive high-quality service.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) - 09/11/2015

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities to state jobs through an on-the-job examination period.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Annual Report (2015) - 11/15/2013

“Supported Employment helps adults with disabilities obtain, maintain, and advance in competitive employment in integrated work settings paying minimum wage or more. These services are provided individually or in groups, with a job coach or co-worker supports. Supported employment is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both the needs of the employer and the needs of the person. It can be arranged on a full or part time basis, during traditional or non-traditional workdays, or work hours and take place in settings where the person has the opportunity to work with co-workers who do not have intellectual disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Individualized Transition Plan - 08/30/2012

“The Individualized Transition Plan (SpEd 6e 06 12) is designed to: 1) Meet the transition requirements in IDEA 2004 and 2) Align with the data collection requirements for SPP Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah’s Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan - 02/15/2006

“[This] document summarizes the strategic planning efforts of the past year focusing on the key aspects that resulted in the Work Ability project goals. The Environmental Analysis reviews the key players identified in the planning process, existing collaborative efforts, and the strengths in the current system. The Summary of the Strategic Planning Process section summarizes the actions taken during 2005 to identify the critical issues facing the project and the efforts taken to further clarify them. A table clearly encapsulates the issues and how they were identified. As a result of the Strategic Planning Process, specific individual and system outcomes have been established and are summarized in the section, the Goals of the Work Ability Project. The Project Evaluation section reviews the efforts that will be taken to measure the number of individuals served by the target programs who obtain and retain competitive employment, as well as measuring the systems change results. The final substantive action focuses on how employment efforts will be sustained.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Supported Employment Definition

“Supported employment allows people with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) to be competitively employed in a setting with others that do not have a disability. Supported Employment programs use job coaches (which are employment specialists) to provide supports, including:

Identifying your skills and interests Help finding a job Making arrangements for job placement Teaching you how to do the job, and Providing assistance while employed.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Service

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program, within the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, provides Transition Services to eligible students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adulthood and employment.

1.Job readiness workshop:

USOR has developed a curriculum for VR Transition Counselors to teach transition-aged youth with disabilities about the world of work. The JRW curriculum was developed over a 2 year period and based on USOR need, local and national research on youth with disabilities and employment, and successful job clubs.

2.Teacher information guide:

This Teacher Information Guide provides an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Job Readiness Workshops. This includes ten individual workshops designed to teach youth with disabilities about self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job keeping. Research shows that youth with disabilities continue to fall behind in these four domains and employment opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we hope to teach youth with disabilities basics skills necessary to become successful in the workplace, as well as the support and services they may be able to access through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Handbook for Parents: Utah Parent Center

"The Utah Parent Center has published several handbooks with comprehensive information on important topics for families of children with disabilities.  Much of this information is also available on topical information sheets as well."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules

Transition services is a set of activities that is “designed to be within a results-oriented process, is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Utah “Employment First Strategic Plan”

“Our Mission: to ensure services offered by DSPD emphasize, promote, and support competitive, integrated and community-based employment for people with disabilities.” The “Strategic Issues” include, stakeholder education, financing and contracting methods, services and service innovation, and performance measurement.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Interagency Cooperative Agreement Between Utah State Offices of Rehabilitation and Education - 01/01/2013

“The purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to fulfill mandates found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The focus is to successfully facilitate the transition of students who are individuals with disabilities in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Education, to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, as deemed eligible and appropriate, under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Employment First Partnership

The Utah Employment First Partnership is a commitment among the Utah Department of Work Force Services (DWS), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) to improve state government services focused on persons with disabilities achieving competitive, integrated and community based employment.

The mission of the partnership is to, “To ensure state government services currently offered by the partners emphasize and support competitive, integrated and community based employment”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Utah Partnerships in Employment - 11/28/2016

“ACL’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) recently awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to six states to increase competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The five-year grants will help enhance collaboration across existing state systems, including programs administered by state developmental disabilities agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state educational agencies, and other entities to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities received a grant for its School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah Supported Employment Transformation Project - 09/01/2014

“The Supported Employment Transformation Project (SETP) uses the Individual Placement and Support evidence-based, supported employment model. A primary component of this project includes forming a multi-agency coordinating committee that will develop and implement a collaborative, sustainable funding initiative to expand and maintain robust, supported employment services in Utah. The project provides supported employment services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Two local mental health authorities across urban and rural communities coordinate these services.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

ASPIRE Utah - 09/01/2013

“ASPIRE is a study for youth ages 14 – 16 who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  When you enroll, you and your family will get information to further education and employment.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will be given added services and supports. The ASPIRE team will assist youth and families to find and use services in their communities.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.

ASPIRE is a six state project, including Utah.  ASPIRE Utah is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.  250 Utah youth will be recruited and enrolled.  125 will participate in Usual Services.  125 will participate in ASPIRE Services.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Utah Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)/ SSDI ‘1 for 2’ Project - 12/18/2009

“The goal of Utah’s pilot was to recruit 500 individuals who receive SSDI benefits only (not in combination with SSI) to be part of the pilot project. Participants were recruited from among SSDI-only beneficiaries who had recently been involved in one of several employment support programs in Utah. Recruitment sources for pilot participants included: The Utah Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) program, the Medicaid Disability program, the public Vocational Rehabilitation program, and selected employment programs administered by two community mental health agencies.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 07/01/2009

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant is funded under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. Work Ability Utah is responsible to conduct research in all areas of health care and employment for people with disabilities; to ensure collaboration among all partners and stakeholders and to facilitate the streamlining of services for individuals with disabilities.

The project assists in implementation of the Utah's Medicaid Buy-In, the Utah Medicaid Work Incentive, for working people with disabilities, the expansion of Employment Personal Assistance Services through the Medicaid State Plan, and training of service workers and outreach to individuals with disabilities to explain the work incentive changes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Self Employment

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons!... Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations… Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Customized Employment Initiative

“The Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities & Griffin-Hammis Associates is sponsoring a six-session year-long training series resulting in an optional National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The project is working closely with both Covenant Employment Services and Rise, Inc.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Disability Program Navigator

“ETA and SSA are jointly funding the DPN Initiative in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Ticket to Work

“Ticket to Work is for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work offers customers greater choices in getting the services they need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries earn enough money so they will not need Social Security cash benefits.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

TURN Supported Work

TURN Supported Employment helps individuals find jobs that match their capabilities and their goals, learn skills necessary to make them valuable and responsible employees, and form meaningful and supportive networks of coworkers and employers. TURN also administers work crews and enclaves that perform janitorial, kitchen, and assembly work at customer worksites. TURN teams with Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Services to serve eligible participants in each of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Medicaid Work Incentives Grant (MWI)

“The Medicaid Work Incentive was designed for working people with disabilities who do not qualify for a "’free’" Medicaid services because their income and/or assets are too high. The MWI allows a higher income and asset limit and gives you the option to pay a premium for a Medicaid services…The purpose of this Program is to encourage people with disabilities to return to work or make more money.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Customized Employment - 12/09/2014

“Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Moving in a New Direction - 12/07/2014

An Executive Director of a facility based day program and sheltered workshop in Utah discusses how the Lane v. Kitzhabersettlement, Olmstead, and CMS directives will impact his organization. The Executive Director says that the work his organization has done is "group work and is performed in a segregated environment…(and) does not reflect the individual desires and interactions with non-disabled peers outside of our centers that the law is not requiring. Customized Employment is stated as the new goal although it is recognized that "some individuals may not ever find successful employment in an integrated setting...but...the opportunity to at least try can and should be considered successful."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Employment/Daytime Activities

This website describes various options for students with disabilities transitioning out of school and provides links to numerous relevant resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

After High School Options

This website serves as a post-high school transition guide for students with disabilities and their families.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State University Employment Specialist Training

This web page run by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) contains an up to date schedule of upcoming employment specialist trainings in Utah.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Plan for the Future! Employment and Education

This presentation provides an overview of Employment for people with disabilities, supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and Centers for Disability services at Utah colleges.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Employment First in Utah & Customized Employment: "One Person at a Time."

A PowerPoint on Utah's Employment First Efforts focusing on Strategic Planning (Employment First Taskforce) and Capacity Building (Customized Employment Training). It contains an explanation of Utah's Employment First Priority (House Bill 240), stating the fundamental importance of work as a part of personal identity and being a citizen of the United States; the false premise of the reasons frequently given as to way people with disabilities can't/shouldn't work. It also has a brief overview of Customized Employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Papa John’s Pizza To Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - 01/26/2017

“The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC announced today.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, Down syndrome. EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


UT Community Supports Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help persons with intellectual disabilities or persons with conditions related to intellectual disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings.  Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program.

Services include “Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah HCBS Transition Planning

This website will provide access to the latest updates on the HCBS Transition Plan for the State of Utah as well as provide a means to sign-up for list-servs, and provide feedback on the Transition Plan, and its associated tools and publications. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid State Plan

Utah's Medicaid State Plan is a written agreement between the state and the federal government.  It describes the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The state plan also outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Utah Waiver for Technology Dependent Children

“The Technology Dependent Waiver Program provides services statewide to help technology dependent, medically fragile individuals remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals receive services through this waiver program in order to prevent institutionalization and relieve primary caregivers from continuous care. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant/family self-determination. There is a limit on the number of individuals allowed into the waiver program and there is currently a waiting list for this program. Applications are taken through the Division of Family Health Services case manager.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver

“This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with physical disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant self-determination.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah New Choices Waiver

“Utah's New Choices Waiver is a Medicaid program intended to help individuals who currently reside in a Medicaid funded assisted living community or nursing home. The program provides a variety of care services and supports which help them to move from their current community back into their homes or into the homes of family members and caregivers. Supports such as chore services, home access modifications, home delivered meals and transportation are covered and care services like adult day care and attendant care are provided.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver

“Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6). Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

“This is a Utah Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver that is designed to assist older individuals with high levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care. For example, support is provided to for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems and adult day care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Acquired Brain Injury Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with an acquired brain injury to remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah 1915(c) HCBS Waivers

Utah Has Eight Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS Waivers: Acquired Brain Injury Waiver; the Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older); Community Supports Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Other Related Conditions; Medicaid Autism Waiver; New Choices Waiver; Physical Disabilities Waiver; and the Waiver for Technology Dependent Children.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phablet

Snapshot

"Industry" is the motto of the Beehive State, and it's easy to see why Utah is "Still the Right Place" for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment opportunities and socioeconomic advancement through Employment First.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Utah’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,995,919
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.8%
Change from
2014 to 2015
155,508
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.55%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,185
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.29%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,995,919
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 155,508
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,185
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,254,297
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.29%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 147,528
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 145,904
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 264,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,008
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 27,790
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,389
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,901
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,033
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 8,182
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,562

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,583
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 47,923

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,723
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 9,233
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 27,335
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 13.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 41
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 46
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,471

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 16,922
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 797
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,447
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 70,507
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,963,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $30,853,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,585
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 58.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.58%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.75%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.82%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 65.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 79.72%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 44.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 694,868
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 936
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 2,404
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 183,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 185,496
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 20
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 157
AbilityOne wages (products). $17,389
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,417,562

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 6
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 719
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 727

 

Legislation


Section 53A-24-106.5 Utah Code - Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 10/01/2016

Pertaining to the State System of Public Education. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Service Relocation Bill - 03/25/2016

The bill moves Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the State Board of Education to the Department of Workforce Services; modifies provisions related to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, including that the governor appoint certain members of the committee.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HB 325 Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments - 03/25/2016

“This bill modifies the State Office of Rehabilitation Act and related provisions.”   “Section 16. Section 35A-13-203, which is renumbered from Section 53A-24-106.5 is  renumbered and amended to read:   564 35A-13-203. Employment first emphasis on the provision of  services. 566  (1) When providing services to [a person] an individual with a disability under this  chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the [person] individual in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UT Code 35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 05/12/2015

“The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in Subsection (2) that includes:          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a recipient;         (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;         (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding employment:                   (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and                  (ii) self-employment;         (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;         (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;         (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources ;”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Utah SB 292 (ABLE Act) - 03/31/2015

"This bill enacts the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program [ABLE] Act and provides tax credits for contributions to accounts created under the program."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Utah House of Representatives Bill (H.B 240) - 05/10/2011

“This bill: requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment; and requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to: develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding paragraph; and annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill, determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify the plan as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah 2011 Supported Work Independence (HB 45) - 05/05/2008

“This bill makes the pilot program for provision of supported employment services, contained in the Services to People With Disabilities Chapter of the Utah Human Services Code, into an ongoing program. The program is designed to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated settings by providing extended services.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Section 105.2 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the recipient's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Section 103.3 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Services for People with Disabilities. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; purchase goods and services; [and] exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders


Governor, Administration: Rescinding Prior Executive Orders, Utah Exec. Order No. 2016-1 - 01/29/2016

“Executive Order issued March 28, 1978, by Governor Matheson, establishing the "Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped" created to promote and to encourage employment of disabled individualist and vocational, economic, and social opportunities. This order is rescinded because Utah's 2012 Employment First statute, Utah Code 62A-5-103.3, fulfills the same purpose”


Utah Executive Order (Model Employer for People with Disabilities) - 10/12/2007

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., declares that, “Utah state government will strive to become the model employer of qualified people with disabilities…”

“Some programmatic components [of the executive order] include, a promotional outreach campaign to recruit qualified people with disabilities, specific programs within executive branch state agencies to recruit qualified people with disabilities, and a Task Force consisting of representatives of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, The Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Division of Risk Management… [Agencies are] charged with reviewing and proposing additional strategies to put Utah state government on the cutting edge of employing qualified people with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services to Students with Disabilities Policy - 01/05/2017

“Transition services shall be provided to eligible Students and Youth with disabilities to facilitate the transition from educational settings in high school to VR services oriented toward an employment outcome consistent with the student/youth’s primary employment factors. Individuals meeting the definition of Student with a Disability, both eligible and potentially eligible for VR services, may access Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Services for eligible Students and Youth are governed under standard IPE’s as outlined below. Pre-ETS for Students Potentially Eligible are governed under sections 25.7 and 25.8.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Client Service Memorandum 2016-11: Transition and Pre-employment Transition Services - 11/07/2016

“The purpose of this Client Service Memo is to establish the definitions and procedures for working with Students with Disabilities, Youth with Disabilities, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and Transition Services”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Transition Plan for the Move of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services - 09/21/2016

“The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) will transition to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) effective October 1, 2016….With the transition, USOR services will be overseen by DWS, which has similar goals in helping individuals of all circumstances overcome barriers. DWS manages several divisions with distinct purposes that support specialized services for individuals and families. In addition to supporting gainful employment and providing eligibility services, DWS helps parents with childcare needs, provides funding for low-income housing, assists refugees resettling in Utah, manages labor market data and offers career counseling for veterans.

As USOR transitions to DWS, it will move over as its own division. DWS recognizes that USOR clients need individual, specialized care and that USOR’s unique service delivery model contributes to its success. Therefore, there is no intent to change it at this time. Throughout the transition and beyond, DWS and USOR will work together to ensure customers and clients on both sides will continue to receive high-quality service.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) - 09/11/2015

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities to state jobs through an on-the-job examination period.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Annual Report (2015) - 11/15/2013

“Supported Employment helps adults with disabilities obtain, maintain, and advance in competitive employment in integrated work settings paying minimum wage or more. These services are provided individually or in groups, with a job coach or co-worker supports. Supported employment is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both the needs of the employer and the needs of the person. It can be arranged on a full or part time basis, during traditional or non-traditional workdays, or work hours and take place in settings where the person has the opportunity to work with co-workers who do not have intellectual disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Individualized Transition Plan - 08/30/2012

“The Individualized Transition Plan (SpEd 6e 06 12) is designed to: 1) Meet the transition requirements in IDEA 2004 and 2) Align with the data collection requirements for SPP Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah’s Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan - 02/15/2006

“[This] document summarizes the strategic planning efforts of the past year focusing on the key aspects that resulted in the Work Ability project goals. The Environmental Analysis reviews the key players identified in the planning process, existing collaborative efforts, and the strengths in the current system. The Summary of the Strategic Planning Process section summarizes the actions taken during 2005 to identify the critical issues facing the project and the efforts taken to further clarify them. A table clearly encapsulates the issues and how they were identified. As a result of the Strategic Planning Process, specific individual and system outcomes have been established and are summarized in the section, the Goals of the Work Ability Project. The Project Evaluation section reviews the efforts that will be taken to measure the number of individuals served by the target programs who obtain and retain competitive employment, as well as measuring the systems change results. The final substantive action focuses on how employment efforts will be sustained.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Supported Employment Definition

“Supported employment allows people with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) to be competitively employed in a setting with others that do not have a disability. Supported Employment programs use job coaches (which are employment specialists) to provide supports, including:

Identifying your skills and interests Help finding a job Making arrangements for job placement Teaching you how to do the job, and Providing assistance while employed.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Service

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program, within the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, provides Transition Services to eligible students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adulthood and employment.

1.Job readiness workshop:

USOR has developed a curriculum for VR Transition Counselors to teach transition-aged youth with disabilities about the world of work. The JRW curriculum was developed over a 2 year period and based on USOR need, local and national research on youth with disabilities and employment, and successful job clubs.

2.Teacher information guide:

This Teacher Information Guide provides an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Job Readiness Workshops. This includes ten individual workshops designed to teach youth with disabilities about self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job keeping. Research shows that youth with disabilities continue to fall behind in these four domains and employment opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we hope to teach youth with disabilities basics skills necessary to become successful in the workplace, as well as the support and services they may be able to access through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Handbook for Parents: Utah Parent Center

"The Utah Parent Center has published several handbooks with comprehensive information on important topics for families of children with disabilities.  Much of this information is also available on topical information sheets as well."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules

Transition services is a set of activities that is “designed to be within a results-oriented process, is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Utah “Employment First Strategic Plan”

“Our Mission: to ensure services offered by DSPD emphasize, promote, and support competitive, integrated and community-based employment for people with disabilities.” The “Strategic Issues” include, stakeholder education, financing and contracting methods, services and service innovation, and performance measurement.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Interagency Cooperative Agreement Between Utah State Offices of Rehabilitation and Education - 01/01/2013

“The purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to fulfill mandates found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The focus is to successfully facilitate the transition of students who are individuals with disabilities in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Education, to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, as deemed eligible and appropriate, under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Employment First Partnership

The Utah Employment First Partnership is a commitment among the Utah Department of Work Force Services (DWS), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) to improve state government services focused on persons with disabilities achieving competitive, integrated and community based employment.

The mission of the partnership is to, “To ensure state government services currently offered by the partners emphasize and support competitive, integrated and community based employment”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Utah Partnerships in Employment - 11/28/2016

“ACL’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) recently awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to six states to increase competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The five-year grants will help enhance collaboration across existing state systems, including programs administered by state developmental disabilities agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state educational agencies, and other entities to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities received a grant for its School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah Supported Employment Transformation Project - 09/01/2014

“The Supported Employment Transformation Project (SETP) uses the Individual Placement and Support evidence-based, supported employment model. A primary component of this project includes forming a multi-agency coordinating committee that will develop and implement a collaborative, sustainable funding initiative to expand and maintain robust, supported employment services in Utah. The project provides supported employment services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Two local mental health authorities across urban and rural communities coordinate these services.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

ASPIRE Utah - 09/01/2013

“ASPIRE is a study for youth ages 14 – 16 who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  When you enroll, you and your family will get information to further education and employment.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will be given added services and supports. The ASPIRE team will assist youth and families to find and use services in their communities.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.

ASPIRE is a six state project, including Utah.  ASPIRE Utah is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.  250 Utah youth will be recruited and enrolled.  125 will participate in Usual Services.  125 will participate in ASPIRE Services.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Utah Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)/ SSDI ‘1 for 2’ Project - 12/18/2009

“The goal of Utah’s pilot was to recruit 500 individuals who receive SSDI benefits only (not in combination with SSI) to be part of the pilot project. Participants were recruited from among SSDI-only beneficiaries who had recently been involved in one of several employment support programs in Utah. Recruitment sources for pilot participants included: The Utah Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) program, the Medicaid Disability program, the public Vocational Rehabilitation program, and selected employment programs administered by two community mental health agencies.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 07/01/2009

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant is funded under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. Work Ability Utah is responsible to conduct research in all areas of health care and employment for people with disabilities; to ensure collaboration among all partners and stakeholders and to facilitate the streamlining of services for individuals with disabilities.

The project assists in implementation of the Utah's Medicaid Buy-In, the Utah Medicaid Work Incentive, for working people with disabilities, the expansion of Employment Personal Assistance Services through the Medicaid State Plan, and training of service workers and outreach to individuals with disabilities to explain the work incentive changes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Self Employment

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons!... Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations… Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Customized Employment Initiative

“The Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities & Griffin-Hammis Associates is sponsoring a six-session year-long training series resulting in an optional National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The project is working closely with both Covenant Employment Services and Rise, Inc.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Disability Program Navigator

“ETA and SSA are jointly funding the DPN Initiative in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Ticket to Work

“Ticket to Work is for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work offers customers greater choices in getting the services they need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries earn enough money so they will not need Social Security cash benefits.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

TURN Supported Work

TURN Supported Employment helps individuals find jobs that match their capabilities and their goals, learn skills necessary to make them valuable and responsible employees, and form meaningful and supportive networks of coworkers and employers. TURN also administers work crews and enclaves that perform janitorial, kitchen, and assembly work at customer worksites. TURN teams with Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Services to serve eligible participants in each of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Medicaid Work Incentives Grant (MWI)

“The Medicaid Work Incentive was designed for working people with disabilities who do not qualify for a "’free’" Medicaid services because their income and/or assets are too high. The MWI allows a higher income and asset limit and gives you the option to pay a premium for a Medicaid services…The purpose of this Program is to encourage people with disabilities to return to work or make more money.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Customized Employment - 12/09/2014

“Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Moving in a New Direction - 12/07/2014

An Executive Director of a facility based day program and sheltered workshop in Utah discusses how the Lane v. Kitzhabersettlement, Olmstead, and CMS directives will impact his organization. The Executive Director says that the work his organization has done is "group work and is performed in a segregated environment…(and) does not reflect the individual desires and interactions with non-disabled peers outside of our centers that the law is not requiring. Customized Employment is stated as the new goal although it is recognized that "some individuals may not ever find successful employment in an integrated setting...but...the opportunity to at least try can and should be considered successful."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Employment/Daytime Activities

This website describes various options for students with disabilities transitioning out of school and provides links to numerous relevant resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

After High School Options

This website serves as a post-high school transition guide for students with disabilities and their families.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State University Employment Specialist Training

This web page run by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) contains an up to date schedule of upcoming employment specialist trainings in Utah.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Plan for the Future! Employment and Education

This presentation provides an overview of Employment for people with disabilities, supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and Centers for Disability services at Utah colleges.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Employment First in Utah & Customized Employment: "One Person at a Time."

A PowerPoint on Utah's Employment First Efforts focusing on Strategic Planning (Employment First Taskforce) and Capacity Building (Customized Employment Training). It contains an explanation of Utah's Employment First Priority (House Bill 240), stating the fundamental importance of work as a part of personal identity and being a citizen of the United States; the false premise of the reasons frequently given as to way people with disabilities can't/shouldn't work. It also has a brief overview of Customized Employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Papa John’s Pizza To Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - 01/26/2017

“The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC announced today.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, Down syndrome. EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


UT Community Supports Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help persons with intellectual disabilities or persons with conditions related to intellectual disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings.  Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program.

Services include “Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah HCBS Transition Planning

This website will provide access to the latest updates on the HCBS Transition Plan for the State of Utah as well as provide a means to sign-up for list-servs, and provide feedback on the Transition Plan, and its associated tools and publications. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid State Plan

Utah's Medicaid State Plan is a written agreement between the state and the federal government.  It describes the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The state plan also outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Utah Waiver for Technology Dependent Children

“The Technology Dependent Waiver Program provides services statewide to help technology dependent, medically fragile individuals remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals receive services through this waiver program in order to prevent institutionalization and relieve primary caregivers from continuous care. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant/family self-determination. There is a limit on the number of individuals allowed into the waiver program and there is currently a waiting list for this program. Applications are taken through the Division of Family Health Services case manager.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver

“This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with physical disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant self-determination.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah New Choices Waiver

“Utah's New Choices Waiver is a Medicaid program intended to help individuals who currently reside in a Medicaid funded assisted living community or nursing home. The program provides a variety of care services and supports which help them to move from their current community back into their homes or into the homes of family members and caregivers. Supports such as chore services, home access modifications, home delivered meals and transportation are covered and care services like adult day care and attendant care are provided.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver

“Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6). Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

“This is a Utah Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver that is designed to assist older individuals with high levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care. For example, support is provided to for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems and adult day care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Acquired Brain Injury Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with an acquired brain injury to remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah 1915(c) HCBS Waivers

Utah Has Eight Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS Waivers: Acquired Brain Injury Waiver; the Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older); Community Supports Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Other Related Conditions; Medicaid Autism Waiver; New Choices Waiver; Physical Disabilities Waiver; and the Waiver for Technology Dependent Children.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

States - Phone

Snapshot

"Industry" is the motto of the Beehive State, and it's easy to see why Utah is "Still the Right Place" for individuals with disabilities to find competitive, integrated employment opportunities and socioeconomic advancement through Employment First.

State VR Rates and Services

A list of services offered by this state’s Vocational Rehabilitation agency, along with the standard rates paid for the performance of those services.

PDF icon Utah’s VR Rates and Services

2015 State Population.
1.77%
Change from
2014 to 2015
2,995,919
2015 Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
4.8%
Change from
2014 to 2015
155,508
2015 Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64).
8.55%
Change from
2014 to 2015
71,185
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities).
3.93%
Change from
2014 to 2015
45.78%
2015 Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities).
1.09%
Change from
2014 to 2015
78.29%

State Data

General

2015
Population. 2,995,919
Number of people with disabilities (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 155,508
Number of people with disabilities who are employed (all disabilities, ages 18-64). 71,185
Number of people without disabilities who are employed (ages 18-64). 1,254,297
Percentage of working age people who are employed (all disabilities). 45.78%
Percentage of working age people who are employed (NO disabilities). 78.29%
Overall unemployment rate. 3.60%
Poverty Rate (all disabilities). 15.60%
Poverty Rate (NO disabilities). 10.80%
Number of males with disabilities (all ages). 147,528
Number of females with disabilities (all ages). 145,904
Number of Caucasians with disabilities (all ages). 264,357
Number of African Americans with disabilities (all ages). 2,008
Number of Hispanic/Latinos with disabilities (all ages). 27,790
Number of American Indians/Alaska Natives with disabilities (all ages). 4,389
Number of Asians with disabilities (all ages). 3,901
Number of Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders with disabilities (all ages). 2,033
Number of with multiple races disabilities (all ages). 8,182
Number of others with disabilities (all ages). 8,562

 

SSA OUTCOMES

2015
Number of SSI recipients with disabilities who work. 2,583
Percentage of SSI recipients with disabilities who work relative to total SSI recipients with disabilities. 8.90%
Old Age Survivor and Disability Insurance (OASDI) recipients/workers with disabilities. 47,923

 

MENTAL HEALTH OUTCOMES

2015
Number of mental health services consumers who are employed. 5,723
Number of mental health services consumers who are part of the labor force (employed or actively looking for employment). 9,233
Number of adults served who have a known employment status. 27,335
Percentage of all state mental health agency consumers served in the community who are employed. 20.90%
Percentage of supported employment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.00%
Percentage of supported housing services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of assertive community treatment services evidence based practices (EBP). 0.20%
Percentage of medications management evidence based practices (EBP). 13.20%
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported employment services. 1
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) supported housing services. 41
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) assertive community treatment services. 46
Number of evidence based practices (EBP) medications management. 2,471

 

WAGNER PEYSER OUTCOMES

2015
Number of registered job seekers with a disability. 16,922
Proportion of registered job seekers with a disability. 0.08

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT OUTCOMES (ADULTS)

2014
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work served by Job Training and Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs. 2
Total number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment. 797
Percentage of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment relative to total the number of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work. 33.00%
Incidence rate of people with a disability that is a substantial barrier to work who entered unsubsidized employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 26.60

 

VR OUTCOMES

2015
Total Number of people served under VR.
N/A
Number of people with visual impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with communicative (hearing loss, deafness) impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with physical impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people cognitive impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people psychosocial impairments served under VR. N/A
Number of people with mental impairments served under VR. N/A
Percentage of overall closures into employment under VR. N/A
Number of employment network (EN) and vocational rehabilitation (VR) tickets assigned. 3,447
Number of eligible ticket to work beneficiaries. 70,507
Total number of ID closures using supported employment services with or without Title VI-B funds expended (VI-C prior to 2002). N/A
Total number of ID competitive labor market closures. N/A

 

IDD OUTCOMES

2014
Dollars spent on day/employment services for integrated employment funding. $4,963,000
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for facility-based non-work funding. $0
Dollars spent on day/employment services for community based non-work funding. $30,853,000
Percentage of people served in integrated employment. 21.00%
Number of people served in community based non-work. 2,585
Number of people served in facility based work. 0
Number of people served in facility based non-work. 0
Number supported in integrated employment per 100,000 individuals in the general state population. 23.40

 

EDUCATION OUTCOMES

2014
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class 80% or more of the day (Indicator 5a). 58.11%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served inside the regular class less than 40% of the day (Indicator 5b). 12.37%
Percent of children with IEPs aged 6 through 21 served in separate schools, residential facilities, or homebound/hospital placements (Indicator 5c). 2.58%
Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals (Indicator 13). 99.75%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14a). 20.82%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14b). 65.35%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school (Indicator 14c). 79.72%
Percentage of youth who are no longer in secondary school, had IEPs in effect at the time they left school, and were competitively employed within one year of leaving high school (Subset of Indicator 14). 44.53%

 

ABILITYONE/JWOD PROGRAM

2014
Number of overall agency blind and SD hours. 694,868
Number of overall total blind and SD workers. 936
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (products). 2,404
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (services). 183,093
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD hours (combined). 185,496
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (products). 20
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (services). 137
Number of AbilityOne blind and SD workers (combined). 157
AbilityOne wages (products). $17,389
AbilityOne wages (services). $2,417,562

 

WAGE AND HOUR DIVISION: 14(c) CERTIFICATE-HOLDING ENTITIES OUTCOMES

2016
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 6
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Number of 14(c) certificate-holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 9
Number of 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total Number of 14(c) certificate holding entities. 15
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate-holding businesses. 8
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14 (c) certificate holding school work experience programs (SWEPs). 0
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding community rehabilitation programs (CRPs). 719
Reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding patient workers. 0
Total reported number of people with disabilities working under 14(c) certificate holding entities. 727

 

Legislation


Section 53A-24-106.5 Utah Code - Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 10/01/2016

Pertaining to the State System of Public Education. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Office of Rehabilitation Service Relocation Bill - 03/25/2016

The bill moves Utah State Office of Rehabilitation from the State Board of Education to the Department of Workforce Services; modifies provisions related to the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, including that the governor appoint certain members of the committee.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

HB 325 Office of Rehabilitation Services Amendments - 03/25/2016

“This bill modifies the State Office of Rehabilitation Act and related provisions.”   “Section 16. Section 35A-13-203, which is renumbered from Section 53A-24-106.5 is  renumbered and amended to read:   564 35A-13-203. Employment first emphasis on the provision of  services. 566  (1) When providing services to [a person] an individual with a disability under this  chapter, the office shall, within funds appropriated by the Legislature and in accordance with the requirements of federal and state law, give priority to providing services that assist the [person] individual in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment”  
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

UT Code 35A-3-103.5. Employment first emphasis on the provision of services. - 05/12/2015

“The department shall develop a written plan to implement the policy described in Subsection (2) that includes:          (a) assessing the strengths and needs of a recipient;         (b) customizing strength-based approaches to obtaining employment;         (c) expecting, encouraging, providing, and rewarding employment:                   (i) integrated employment in the workplace at competitive wages and benefits; and                  (ii) self-employment;         (d) developing partnerships with potential employers;         (e) maximizing appropriate employment training opportunities;         (f) coordinating services with other government agencies and community resources ;”  
Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Utah SB 292 (ABLE Act) - 03/31/2015

"This bill enacts the Achieving a Better Life Experience Program [ABLE] Act and provides tax credits for contributions to accounts created under the program."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Asset Development / Financial Capability
Citations

Utah House of Representatives Bill (H.B 240) - 05/10/2011

“This bill: requires the Department of Workforce Services, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, and the Division of Services for People with Disabilities to, when providing services to a person with a disability, give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment; and requires the entities described in the preceding paragraph to: develop a written plan to implement the policy described in the preceding paragraph; and annually set goals to implement the policy and plan described in this bill, determine whether the goals for the previous year have been met, and modify the plan as needed.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah 2011 Supported Work Independence (HB 45) - 05/05/2008

“This bill makes the pilot program for provision of supported employment services, contained in the Services to People With Disabilities Chapter of the Utah Human Services Code, into an ongoing program. The program is designed to assist individuals with the most significant disabilities to obtain and maintain competitive employment in integrated settings by providing extended services.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement

Section 105.2 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; establish self-sufficiency; and exercise economic control of the recipient's life.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Section 103.3 UT Employment first emphasis on the provision of services.

Pertaining to the Utah Services for People with Disabilities. “When providing services to a person with a disability under this chapter, the division shall… give priority to providing services that assist the person in obtaining and retaining meaningful and gainful employment that enables the person to: purchase goods and services; purchase goods and services; [and] exercise economic control of the person's life.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Provider Transformation

Executive Orders


Governor, Administration: Rescinding Prior Executive Orders, Utah Exec. Order No. 2016-1 - 01/29/2016

“Executive Order issued March 28, 1978, by Governor Matheson, establishing the "Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped" created to promote and to encourage employment of disabled individualist and vocational, economic, and social opportunities. This order is rescinded because Utah's 2012 Employment First statute, Utah Code 62A-5-103.3, fulfills the same purpose”


Utah Executive Order (Model Employer for People with Disabilities) - 10/12/2007

Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr., declares that, “Utah state government will strive to become the model employer of qualified people with disabilities…”

“Some programmatic components [of the executive order] include, a promotional outreach campaign to recruit qualified people with disabilities, specific programs within executive branch state agencies to recruit qualified people with disabilities, and a Task Force consisting of representatives of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation, The Governor's Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, the Department of Workforce Services, and the Division of Risk Management… [Agencies are] charged with reviewing and proposing additional strategies to put Utah state government on the cutting edge of employing qualified people with disabilities...”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Policy


Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Services to Students with Disabilities Policy - 01/05/2017

“Transition services shall be provided to eligible Students and Youth with disabilities to facilitate the transition from educational settings in high school to VR services oriented toward an employment outcome consistent with the student/youth’s primary employment factors. Individuals meeting the definition of Student with a Disability, both eligible and potentially eligible for VR services, may access Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Services for eligible Students and Youth are governed under standard IPE’s as outlined below. Pre-ETS for Students Potentially Eligible are governed under sections 25.7 and 25.8.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Client Service Memorandum 2016-11: Transition and Pre-employment Transition Services - 11/07/2016

“The purpose of this Client Service Memo is to establish the definitions and procedures for working with Students with Disabilities, Youth with Disabilities, Pre-Employment Transition Services, and Transition Services”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Transition Plan for the Move of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation to the Department of Workforce Services - 09/21/2016

“The Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) will transition to the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) effective October 1, 2016….With the transition, USOR services will be overseen by DWS, which has similar goals in helping individuals of all circumstances overcome barriers. DWS manages several divisions with distinct purposes that support specialized services for individuals and families. In addition to supporting gainful employment and providing eligibility services, DWS helps parents with childcare needs, provides funding for low-income housing, assists refugees resettling in Utah, manages labor market data and offers career counseling for veterans.

As USOR transitions to DWS, it will move over as its own division. DWS recognizes that USOR clients need individual, specialized care and that USOR’s unique service delivery model contributes to its success. Therefore, there is no intent to change it at this time. Throughout the transition and beyond, DWS and USOR will work together to ensure customers and clients on both sides will continue to receive high-quality service.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Provider Transformation

Utah Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) - 09/11/2015

The Alternative State Application Program (ASAP) is a program designed to appoint qualified persons with disabilities to state jobs through an on-the-job examination period.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Annual Report (2015) - 11/15/2013

“Supported Employment helps adults with disabilities obtain, maintain, and advance in competitive employment in integrated work settings paying minimum wage or more. These services are provided individually or in groups, with a job coach or co-worker supports. Supported employment is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate both the needs of the employer and the needs of the person. It can be arranged on a full or part time basis, during traditional or non-traditional workdays, or work hours and take place in settings where the person has the opportunity to work with co-workers who do not have intellectual disabilities."

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Individualized Transition Plan - 08/30/2012

“The Individualized Transition Plan (SpEd 6e 06 12) is designed to: 1) Meet the transition requirements in IDEA 2004 and 2) Align with the data collection requirements for SPP Indicator 13: Percent of youth with IEPs aged 16 and above with an IEP that includes appropriate measurable postsecondary goals that are annually updated and based upon an age-appropriate transition assessment, transition services, including courses of study, that will reasonably enable the student to meet those postsecondary goals, and annual IEP goals related to the student’s transition services needs. There also must be evidence that the student was invited to the IEP Team meeting where transition services are to be discussed and evidence that, if appropriate, a representative of any participating agency was invited to the IEP Team meeting with the prior consent of the parent or student who has reached the age of majority.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah’s Comprehensive Employment Strategic Plan - 02/15/2006

“[This] document summarizes the strategic planning efforts of the past year focusing on the key aspects that resulted in the Work Ability project goals. The Environmental Analysis reviews the key players identified in the planning process, existing collaborative efforts, and the strengths in the current system. The Summary of the Strategic Planning Process section summarizes the actions taken during 2005 to identify the critical issues facing the project and the efforts taken to further clarify them. A table clearly encapsulates the issues and how they were identified. As a result of the Strategic Planning Process, specific individual and system outcomes have been established and are summarized in the section, the Goals of the Work Ability Project. The Project Evaluation section reviews the efforts that will be taken to measure the number of individuals served by the target programs who obtain and retain competitive employment, as well as measuring the systems change results. The final substantive action focuses on how employment efforts will be sustained.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Department of Education
  • Other
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Supported Employment Definition

“Supported employment allows people with the most severe disabilities (i.e. psychiatric, mental retardation, learning disabilities, traumatic brain injury) to be competitively employed in a setting with others that do not have a disability. Supported Employment programs use job coaches (which are employment specialists) to provide supports, including:

Identifying your skills and interests Help finding a job Making arrangements for job placement Teaching you how to do the job, and Providing assistance while employed.”
Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Office of Rehabilitation Transition Service

The Vocational Rehabilitation Program, within the Division of Rehabilitation Services, and the Division of Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, provides Transition Services to eligible students with disabilities as they transition from high school to adulthood and employment.

1.Job readiness workshop:

USOR has developed a curriculum for VR Transition Counselors to teach transition-aged youth with disabilities about the world of work. The JRW curriculum was developed over a 2 year period and based on USOR need, local and national research on youth with disabilities and employment, and successful job clubs.

2.Teacher information guide:

This Teacher Information Guide provides an overview of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program’s Job Readiness Workshops. This includes ten individual workshops designed to teach youth with disabilities about self-discovery, job-readiness, job-seeking, and job keeping. Research shows that youth with disabilities continue to fall behind in these four domains and employment opportunities. Throughout this workshop, we hope to teach youth with disabilities basics skills necessary to become successful in the workplace, as well as the support and services they may be able to access through the Vocational Rehabilitation Program.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Handbook for Parents: Utah Parent Center

"The Utah Parent Center has published several handbooks with comprehensive information on important topics for families of children with disabilities.  Much of this information is also available on topical information sheets as well."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules

Transition services is a set of activities that is “designed to be within a results-oriented process, is focused on improving the academic and functional achievement of the student with a disability to facilitate the student’s movement from school to post-school activities, including postsecondary education, vocational education, integrated employment (including supported employment), continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living, or community participation…”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement

Utah “Employment First Strategic Plan”

“Our Mission: to ensure services offered by DSPD emphasize, promote, and support competitive, integrated and community-based employment for people with disabilities.” The “Strategic Issues” include, stakeholder education, financing and contracting methods, services and service innovation, and performance measurement.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Provider Transformation

Partnerships


Interagency Cooperative Agreement Between Utah State Offices of Rehabilitation and Education - 01/01/2013

“The purpose of this interagency cooperative agreement is to fulfill mandates found in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act. The focus is to successfully facilitate the transition of students who are individuals with disabilities in the provision of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Education, to the provision of vocational rehabilitation services, as deemed eligible and appropriate, under the responsibility of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.”

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Employment First Partnership

The Utah Employment First Partnership is a commitment among the Utah Department of Work Force Services (DWS), the Division of Services for People with Disabilities (DSPD), and the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) to improve state government services focused on persons with disabilities achieving competitive, integrated and community based employment.

The mission of the partnership is to, “To ensure state government services currently offered by the partners emphasize and support competitive, integrated and community based employment”.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Department of Workforce Development
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Systems-Change Funding


Utah Partnerships in Employment - 11/28/2016

“ACL’s Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD) recently awarded more than $1.8 million in funding to six states to increase competitive employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The five-year grants will help enhance collaboration across existing state systems, including programs administered by state developmental disabilities agencies, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, state educational agencies, and other entities to prioritize employment as the first and preferred option for youth and young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.”

Utah’s Division of Services for People with Disabilities received a grant for its School to Work Interagency Transition Initiative.

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah Supported Employment Transformation Project - 09/01/2014

“The Supported Employment Transformation Project (SETP) uses the Individual Placement and Support evidence-based, supported employment model. A primary component of this project includes forming a multi-agency coordinating committee that will develop and implement a collaborative, sustainable funding initiative to expand and maintain robust, supported employment services in Utah. The project provides supported employment services to adults with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Two local mental health authorities across urban and rural communities coordinate these services.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
Topics
  • Mental Health

ASPIRE Utah - 09/01/2013

“ASPIRE is a study for youth ages 14 – 16 who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income).  When you enroll, you and your family will get information to further education and employment.  Half of the youth and families who enroll will be given added services and supports. The ASPIRE team will assist youth and families to find and use services in their communities.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.

ASPIRE is a six state project, including Utah.  ASPIRE Utah is a project of the Utah State Office of Rehabilitation.  250 Utah youth will be recruited and enrolled.  125 will participate in Usual Services.  125 will participate in ASPIRE Services.  The purpose of the ASPIRE study is to compare the services and supports to find what works best for youth and families.”

Systems
  • Department of Education
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
Citations

Utah Benefit Offset National Demonstration (BOND)/ SSDI ‘1 for 2’ Project - 12/18/2009

“The goal of Utah’s pilot was to recruit 500 individuals who receive SSDI benefits only (not in combination with SSI) to be part of the pilot project. Participants were recruited from among SSDI-only beneficiaries who had recently been involved in one of several employment support programs in Utah. Recruitment sources for pilot participants included: The Utah Benefits Planning Assistance and Outreach (BPAO) program, the Medicaid Disability program, the public Vocational Rehabilitation program, and selected employment programs administered by two community mental health agencies.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah’s Medicaid Infrastructure Grant - 07/01/2009

“The Medicaid Infrastructure Grant is funded under the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Act. Work Ability Utah is responsible to conduct research in all areas of health care and employment for people with disabilities; to ensure collaboration among all partners and stakeholders and to facilitate the streamlining of services for individuals with disabilities.

The project assists in implementation of the Utah's Medicaid Buy-In, the Utah Medicaid Work Incentive, for working people with disabilities, the expansion of Employment Personal Assistance Services through the Medicaid State Plan, and training of service workers and outreach to individuals with disabilities to explain the work incentive changes.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
Topics
  • 14(c)/Income Security
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Self Employment

An increasing number of people with disabilities and chronic health conditions are starting businesses, and are doing so at twice the rate as non-disabled persons!... Self-employment offers many the freedom to work at their own pace in an environment that accommodates their special needs. As a person with a disability or a chronic health condition, you may have tried unsuccessfully to find work or you may have found that your employer is unwilling or unable to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for an option that allows you to earn a living and manage your health at the same time. Owning your own business often provides the flexibility that is necessary to those who require frequent medical attention, flexible hours, accessible work space, or other special considerations… Utah has Small Business Development Centers in all regions of the state. These Centers provide comprehensive information and support for starting and maintaining a business.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Self-Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities Customized Employment Initiative

“The Utah Division of Services for People with Disabilities & Griffin-Hammis Associates is sponsoring a six-session year-long training series resulting in an optional National Certification in Community Employment Services through the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE). The project is working closely with both Covenant Employment Services and Rise, Inc.”

Systems
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Disability Program Navigator

“ETA and SSA are jointly funding the DPN Initiative in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands where SSA implemented employment support initiatives. This Initiative promotes comprehensive services and work incentive information for SSA beneficiaries and other people with disabilities, through the One Stop system. The Initiative focuses on developing new and ongoing partnerships to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Ticket to Work

“Ticket to Work is for people who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Ticket to Work offers customers greater choices in getting the services they need to go to work or to earn more money. The goal of the program is to help Social Security Disability beneficiaries earn enough money so they will not need Social Security cash benefits.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

TURN Supported Work

TURN Supported Employment helps individuals find jobs that match their capabilities and their goals, learn skills necessary to make them valuable and responsible employees, and form meaningful and supportive networks of coworkers and employers. TURN also administers work crews and enclaves that perform janitorial, kitchen, and assembly work at customer worksites. TURN teams with Vocational Rehabilitation and Workforce Services to serve eligible participants in each of their communities.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
Topics
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah Medicaid Work Incentives Grant (MWI)

“The Medicaid Work Incentive was designed for working people with disabilities who do not qualify for a "’free’" Medicaid services because their income and/or assets are too high. The MWI allows a higher income and asset limit and gives you the option to pay a premium for a Medicaid services…The purpose of this Program is to encourage people with disabilities to return to work or make more money.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Training/Capacity Building


Customized Employment - 12/09/2014

“Customized employment is a flexible process designed to personalize the employment relationship between a job candidate and an employer in a way that meets the needs of both. It is based on an individualized match between the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate and the identified business needs of an employer. Customized Employment utilizes an individualized approach to employment planning and job development — one person at a time . . . one employer at a time.”

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Moving in a New Direction - 12/07/2014

An Executive Director of a facility based day program and sheltered workshop in Utah discusses how the Lane v. Kitzhabersettlement, Olmstead, and CMS directives will impact his organization. The Executive Director says that the work his organization has done is "group work and is performed in a segregated environment…(and) does not reflect the individual desires and interactions with non-disabled peers outside of our centers that the law is not requiring. Customized Employment is stated as the new goal although it is recognized that "some individuals may not ever find successful employment in an integrated setting...but...the opportunity to at least try can and should be considered successful."

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Provider Transformation

Employment/Daytime Activities

This website describes various options for students with disabilities transitioning out of school and provides links to numerous relevant resources.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

After High School Options

This website serves as a post-high school transition guide for students with disabilities and their families.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition

Utah State University Employment Specialist Training

This web page run by the Association of Community Rehabilitation Educators (ACRE) contains an up to date schedule of upcoming employment specialist trainings in Utah.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation

Plan for the Future! Employment and Education

This presentation provides an overview of Employment for people with disabilities, supports, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Services for People with Disabilities, and Centers for Disability services at Utah colleges.

Systems
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Other
Topics
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health

Employment First in Utah & Customized Employment: "One Person at a Time."

A PowerPoint on Utah's Employment First Efforts focusing on Strategic Planning (Employment First Taskforce) and Capacity Building (Customized Employment Training). It contains an explanation of Utah's Employment First Priority (House Bill 240), stating the fundamental importance of work as a part of personal identity and being a citizen of the United States; the false premise of the reasons frequently given as to way people with disabilities can't/shouldn't work. It also has a brief overview of Customized Employment.

Systems
  • Other
Topics
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Provider Transformation

Enforcement


Papa John’s Pizza To Pay $125,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - 01/26/2017

“The owners of a Farmington, Utah Papa John's Pizza will pay $125,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the EEOC announced today.

According to EEOC's lawsuit, Papa John's discriminated against Scott Bonn, who has an intellectual disability, Down syndrome. EEOC alleged that Papa John's employed Bonn successfully at its Farmington location for more than five months and allowed an independently employed and insured job coach to assist him. EEOC further charged that after an operating partner visited the Farmington location and observed Bonn working with the assistance of his job coach, the operating partner ordered Papa John's local management to fire Bonn.”

Systems
  • Other

Medicaid & Employment


UT Community Supports Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help persons with intellectual disabilities or persons with conditions related to intellectual disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings.  Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program.

Services include “Supported Employment.”

Systems
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships

Utah HCBS Transition Planning

This website will provide access to the latest updates on the HCBS Transition Plan for the State of Utah as well as provide a means to sign-up for list-servs, and provide feedback on the Transition Plan, and its associated tools and publications. 

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid State Plan

Utah's Medicaid State Plan is a written agreement between the state and the federal government.  It describes the scope and nature of the Medicaid program. The state plan also outlines current Medicaid eligibility standards, policies and reimbursement methodologies to ensure the state program receives matching federal funds under Title XIX of the Social Security Act.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies

Utah Waiver for Technology Dependent Children

“The Technology Dependent Waiver Program provides services statewide to help technology dependent, medically fragile individuals remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals receive services through this waiver program in order to prevent institutionalization and relieve primary caregivers from continuous care. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant/family self-determination. There is a limit on the number of individuals allowed into the waiver program and there is currently a waiting list for this program. Applications are taken through the Division of Family Health Services case manager.”

Systems
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Physical Disabilities Waiver

“This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with physical disabilities remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver program. It is designed to be consistent with a service delivery system that promotes and supports participant self-determination.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah New Choices Waiver

“Utah's New Choices Waiver is a Medicaid program intended to help individuals who currently reside in a Medicaid funded assisted living community or nursing home. The program provides a variety of care services and supports which help them to move from their current community back into their homes or into the homes of family members and caregivers. Supports such as chore services, home access modifications, home delivered meals and transportation are covered and care services like adult day care and attendant care are provided.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Medicaid Autism Waiver

“Through a home and community based waiver program, Utah Medicaid currently offers ASD-related services to a limited population (children ages 2 through 6). Under the recent CMS guidance, Medicaid will be required to serve any Medicaid eligible client under 21.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older)

“This is a Utah Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver that is designed to assist older individuals with high levels of care needs. It provides services that prolong independent living and prevent premature or unnecessary placement in nursing facilities. Compared to many state HCBS waivers, Utah's waiver offers a wide range of services beyond just personal care. For example, support is provided to for medical equipment and any home modifications to increase independence. Support is offered for personal emergency response services, medication reminder systems and adult day care.”

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah Acquired Brain Injury Waiver

This waiver is designed to provide services statewide to help people with an acquired brain injury to remain in their homes or other community based settings. Individuals are able to live as independently as possible with supportive services provided through this waiver.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

Utah 1915(c) HCBS Waivers

Utah Has Eight Medicaid 1915(c) HCBS Waivers: Acquired Brain Injury Waiver; the Aging Waiver (For Individuals Age 65 or Older); Community Supports Waiver for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Other Related Conditions; Medicaid Autism Waiver; New Choices Waiver; Physical Disabilities Waiver; and the Waiver for Technology Dependent Children.

Systems
  • Medicaid Agencies
Topics
  • Mental Health
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)